Collected by Mary C. Parler Mrs. Ruby Abel
Reel 311, Item 9
Billy Moved His Wife to the West (Learned at Cotton Town c. 1926)
Billy moved his wife to the west Ay-ho dine-doo Billy moved his wife to the west Oh mighty beast Billy moved his wife to the west For he thought it was the best Tuma riner diner diner diner Dine dine day.
(Every stanza follows this pattern. Only the Changing lines will be transcribed)
Billy bought him twenty cows,
He could call them very loud.
He never milked but once a week,
That was to keep the milk sweet.
He never churned but once a year,
And that was to keep the butter clear.
When he churned, he churned in a boot,
In with the foot and out kerfloot.
"I used to sing this on a stump in the garden during the winter of 1926, when we had a pet sow named Diner."
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